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Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3073   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
33 cl bottle bought 2005. Well, I shared this with my dad and two brothers, and they asked, "Was this everything it’s cracked up to be?" Gotta admit it was not quite. Then again, the actual beer could never match up to its rep. Even as a Belgian Quad, I’ve ended up being more excited about Delerium Tremens or Atomium. Or maybe a family gathering is a little too stressful to actually enjoy a beer. I will say: Beautiful smooth brown pour with a short head. Smell of figs, raisins and Belgian brown sugar (not too much of the latter). Taste bring out those fruits, with the added sensation of fruit leather and Belgian malts. What I realize is that this is not a great "extreme" beer: there is nothing going over the top for the sake of bragging rights. No, the Trappist brothers were never into that. What I have instead is a well-practiced beer that balances in almost every respect instead of overwhelming the senses. If I ever spot another bottle (got this at Cardinal Liquors in Frankfort, IL, but that was a few years ago, so I’m not adding that place here), I will re-try by myself.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
snabelsnigel (1) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
Best before 04.06.17 (Brewed 2014). Poured a very cloudy brown and had a very typical Abt/Quad smell and taste. A lot smoother than Rochefort 10/St Bernadus 12 and overall a great beer. My father who dislikes other quads loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaoPaoPanda (10) - - JUL 11, 2014
Poured at the quinzaine de la bièr, at Louvain-La-Neuve. Malty and sweet beer, no alcohol taste. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbothy (1075) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Pours dark brown with a shedload of sediment. One of the most unclear beers I’ve poured, and not in a good way. Small head. Alcoholic aroma, malt and port. Flavour is port, raisins, coffee, caramel and cinnamon. Smooth but the alcohol burns a bit. Excellent beer let down by the unclean look.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StueyD (1110) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
A dark cloudy brown coloured beer with a thick off white head. A surprisingly light aroma, but by no means lacking, yeasty bread dough and Marmite, ripened dark fruits, Port-like raisiny and vinous. Full mouthfeel. An assault the tastebuds, from all directions! Sour and yeasty. Dry, roasted malt, some espresso coffee. Sweet ripened fruits, raisins, plums and cherries and Port-like. Did I miss anything! The reputation this beer has is utterly justified. Tasted at "In de Vrede", Westvleteren.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (183) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Aroma deep bready with a spirit like clean alcohol aroma. Slightly dark fruity. Mahogany brown. Ours is a little hazy as opening fizzed up the sediment. Flat tasting unfortunately as much carbonation has been lost. Very boozy with toasted, sweet dark sugar. No aromatic notes as expected so probably this bottle didn’t travel very well

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottled December 2012. Lived up to my expectations. Was very similar to how I remember St. Bernardus 12. Seems better, but maybe some of that is my excitement over trying this. In any case, just what a quadrupel should taste like, and a very special beer indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snegurochka (382) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
330ml bottle, kindly shared by Finn 18.06.14. Dark brown body. Delicious and well balanced aroma of raspberry, plum, figs, malt, soy and notes of pepper. Molasses, leaves, maple syrup, earthy notes, nuts, caramel. Very complex and nice bitterness that lingers on.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (700) - - JUL 5, 2014
Small bottle. Split with friends and family on several different occasions. Just awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Harkyto (15) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2014
No aroma, color brown, no alcohol perception, maltose flavours, no hop perception. Really good beer if you love maltose and swet beers

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerd16 (184) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
What a magnificent pour! Chestnut brown body supports a mountainous head that retreats only slightly. Phenomenal lacing. Aroma is a little subdued but compensates with vast array of scents:bread, raisins, plum, spices and some buttery vanilla. Facets combined provide fruit bread, stollen. Delicious. Flavors are not harmonized; they operate in distinct layers. Sweet malt before raisins and plums, some metal. Coating of yeast, bread, Burned toast in the finish. Some alcohol warmth left in its wake. Palate is a little transient. There is a magnificent depth and complexity but the construction of components is a little unrefined. Rating it a 4.3 is a little generous.


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